If you’re looking for unique and wholesome souvenirs to take back home, then you’ll love the local markets in Australia
We have picked our favorite laid back markets, where you’ll rub shoulders with local farmers and artisans, from the Sunshine Coast all the way to WA.
1. Byron Community Market, NSW
One of the local markets in Australia where authenticity flows from one stall to another, through peculiar objects, artwork and healers, is the Byron Community Market. Take a break from the beach on a sunday, and get a nice organic breakfast at the sound of live music.
Kids will have lots of fun having their faces painted, and you will want to take home every handcrafted soap and natural fibers dress. Too indie for you? Trust us, once you feel the zen atmosphere of Byron Bay, you too will carry a smile that says “no worries, life is good”.
And in case you’re not around on a Sunday, there are smaller regional markets happening during the week in this artisan/surfer town.
Byron Community Market
Every 1st Sunday of the month
8am – 3pm
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay NSW
2. Melbourne Farmers Markets, VIC
If you read our pick of restaurants to try in Melbourne, then you’ll know that this city is all about food. Not only is it full of amazing chefs, it also relies on only the best of local produce. Which is why we recommend you visit a food-focused market, when in Melbourne.
Check out Melbourne Farmers Markets and bring your own (BYO) grocery basket. That’s right, it’s all about celebrating a green lifestyle.
In fact, knowing where your ingredients come from and sustainability are in the core of these markets. In here you’ll buy vegetables, eggs, bread, meat and more directly from a Victorian farmer accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association. The Melbourne Farmers Markets take place in and around the city, on different days, so there is just no excuse to miss one.
Melbourne Farmers Markets
Check when and where to visit the Melbourne Farmers Markets here.
3. The Original Eumundi Markets, QLD
Only twenty minutes away from Noosa Heads, you have the largest of the local markets in Australia. When it comes to artisanal and genuine talent, the Original Eumundi Markets is the best. Make it a day in the countryside, browsing through a huge variety of stalls – from handmade jewelry to flowers and tarot readers.
And once you’ve done enough shopping, indulge yourself with an aromatic massage or try the unusual flavors from the countless food stalls. Wellness is indeed a big thing around here. From organic smoothies to rare essential oils, there is plenty to discover at Eumundi Markets.
The Original Eumundi Markets
7am – 2pm
8am – 1.30pm
80 Memorial Dr, Eumundi QLD
4. Fremantle Markets, WA
Another great one, to make our list of local markets in Australia, is all the way in WA. Although a little bit different from our other picks, for being indoors, it’s well worth your visit. From Perth’s CBD you can hop on a train, and in thirty minutes you’ve reached the Fremantle Markets.
Located in the cool town of Freo, this market will give you London vibes. First of all, the Victorian building in which it’s established, dates back to 1897. And it’s not the only one around. After all, this port city is full of convict-built, heritage places that will take you on a journey back to the first settlements.
Chill at the market’s yard, sipping on a wonderful coffee or stocking up some olive oil and delicious nuts. From wooden toys, handcrafted shoes and macrame pieces, discover what you can’t find anywhere else in WA. Check their website to know more about special events, that often take place there.
From Friday to Sunday
9:00am – 6:00pm
Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle WA
Trust us, you better start making some room in your bag, because these local markets in Australia are just irresistible.